Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright – Bandhavgarh National Park

A visit to any natural habitat of a animal has its own charm and if that animal happens to be a ferocious big cat, the excitement is at a different level altogether. The anticipation of seeing even one tiger, keeps the adrenaline high and the heart pumping loudly. A ride into a jungle; being in sync with its sounds; looking at the virgin ground with trees as far as the eyes can see… all leaves you feeling small and insignificant as you re-enter back into the cacophonous, concrete jungle of man.

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Jabalpur, India’s marble city

India is so diverse; with a rich culture and heritage that any state you travel in, will have much to offer in terms of its history, its topography, its culture and the cuisine. Every state will have something different that you may not get to see elsewhere; something which would be exclusive only to that state. A small city, like, Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh, has the mighty Narmada flowing through marble rocks, for almost 8 kms. A boat ride through this gorge, is a truly memorable experience and a cable car ride across this gorge can make the trip unforgettable.

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Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Gujarat

Driving miles along the shore of the Arabian Sea, on the Western Coast of the Indian Subcontinent, to reach the sleepy town of Veraval and sitting on the beach, flanked by the first among the twelve ‘Aadi Jyotirlings’ and looking out at the vast expanse of water is an experience not to be missed. Combine the trip with Dwarka, home to Sri Krishna, and you will find yourself standing at the ‘Gateway to Heaven’.

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Vaishno Devi pilgrimage: The Goddess beckons

One of the most important pilgrimage for Hindus, is a visit to the shrine of the Goddess, Vaishnavi, in Jammu. Devotees throng this temple to ask the Goddess for some favour or to thank her for a bountiful life. Although the climb to the abode of the Goddess is not very easy, all age groups are seen walking those miles into the mountain. While there are many devotees who visit the shrine once every year, there are some who trek those 13.5 Kms every month, to seek her blessings.

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